For patients with more serious spinal disorders, vertebrae fusion is required to immobilize the joints and stabilize the spine. Pedicle screws have been used to fuse vertebrae for a long time, but now this can be done with a "percutaneous" procedure. Instead of an open surgery, very small incisions are made in the skin. The surgeon uses x-ray fluoroscopic imaging to guide placement of the special screws into the vertebrae. The surgeon then attaches a rod to connect the pedicle screws, stabilizing the spine. This procedure is considered minimally invasive compared to traditional open surgery that splits and retracts the muscle off the spine through a much larger incision. Potential benefits of a percutaneous surgery include:
To learn more about this surgery and how our surgeons at Triangle Orthopaedics can provide the best treatment for you, please contact us at any of our Carolina office locations.
Lumbar Spine (Lower Back)
Neck (Cervical Spine)
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